Three Things I Love About Madrid

Jan 9, 2015 by

Madrid, the heart of Spain. There is no end of things here to love, places to go, sights to see. There’s art galore, quiet parks tucked away in this metropolis, cafes to satisfy all cravings and quirky neighbourhoods to get lost in. There’s food and festivals and antiques and all the shoes a person could ever want. So how does a gal go about picking just three favourite things?

Well, let me try…


1. Endless cafe hopping






Whether you’re looking for a cafe con leche, the best red velvet cake, a stiff cocktail or a vermouth & tapas, Madrid has it all. The bar and cafe scene is unending; some people have their favourites, but whenever I’m in Madrid, I never sit in one spot for long. A beer here, a vermouth there, and all the snacks in between. My next favourite is always just around the corner. Curious about the coffee culture in Madrid? Read this article I found.


2. Endless art






Maybe it’s the fun, interactive art installations of La Reina Sofia you’re after, or the classics of the Prado, or even the lesser known gems of small galleries, tucked away down side streets. No matter, you will find what you’re looking for, and you will have fun while you’re at it. You might even come across colourful characters like this outside said museums.


3. Endless neighbourhood exploration






I lived in Madrid for 6 weeks a few years ago, and I have visited Madrid on a handful of separate occasions. I have spent a considerable amount of time there, and yet I feel like I’ve only just begun to dig my way under the surface of this city’s intricacies and neighbourhoods. My heart will always be with Malasaña, but Lavapies is equally charming and stacked with bars and cafes. I have heard of people who were robbed or mugged in Madrid, but I have never felt anything but safe and welcome here. The city is completely walkable and inviting.

These are reasons I love this city, but most importantly, these are three reasons (among a pile of others) that make this place completely liveable and magnetic. I will never get over you, Madrid.


I was inspired to write this post after reading Rika’s post on Kyoto as a submission for Accor Hotel’s “A Tale of Three Cities” contest. I enjoy writing for contests like this because of the different ideas for publishing content and telling stories. For full entry details, follow this link

Oh, and ps… the shoes… I couldn’t resist.







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  1. I’ve never been to Madrid, but I hear great things about the city. Somehow it’s not very high on my radar… I definitely want to visit one day though, even just to prove myself wrong. 🙂 Love the shoe pictures, how fun are those?!

    • Colleen

      It is a wonderful place. I recommend you go!! I bet it would surprise you, and you will wonder why you didn’t visit sooner! The shoes will never cease to amuse either… 🙂

  2. I love Spain…but last time I was in Madrid, it just didn’t sparkle for me. We stayed right downtown, and I have to say there were too many “sales people” on the street. I found it quite disconcerting. I still loved the tapas, though. I’ll always love the tapas!

    • Colleen

      I find people either love it or they don’t… which is part of what makes it special. What fun would such a place be if everyone loved it?

  3. Ahh Spain. I love the lifestyle! I haven’t been to Madrid, but am dying to go back to see that and the other major cities. I’ve only spent time in Malaga and the Balearic Islands, and it was a dream!

  4. Sam

    Wow, that read cake is just so…red! Madrid is a city I’ve visited fleetingly twice now, and I’d love to go back and get to know it better.

  5. Ummmm, all of this looks amazing. I want to see Madrid and drink ALL the coffee.

  6. Before we went to Spain we heard a lot of ‘meh’ comments about Madrid, saying it was the Glasgow to Barcelona’s Edinburgh. But we loved it. It helped that we had an amazing apartment right in the Latin Quarter and partied and bar hopped with all the locals. I have such fond memories!

    • Colleen

      I’m so happy to hear you had a positive experience there. It’s such a great place!!

  7. I fell in love with Madrid on my one and only visit but haven’t been able to put my finger on exactly why. I was just there for a few days, but was instantly captivated. The stunning architecture is one reason and tapas hopping is another. I was also very impressed with the art scene. How lucky that you got to live there!

    • Colleen

      I think I feel the same way… it’s just a feeling I get. I can identify things I liked – like the say, the architecture and the tapas, but it’s so much more than that!

  8. eM

    Can’t wait to go there next year.

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